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Location DB > Canada > British Columbia > Tofino > Canso PBY-5 Plane Wreck
Canso PBY-5 Plane Wreck
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created by -Rio- on 9/9/2017 9:54 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 4/8/2020 7:08 PM
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Canso PBY 5 float plane bomber built in 1943, crash landed Feb. 8 1945.
RCAF bomber reconnaissance, station in Alliford Bay, BC.

Wing span: 104' length: 63'
Max range: 2520 miles
Max speed: 196mph
Cruise speed: 125mph
Power: 2X Pratt & Whitney 14 cyclinder engine 1200hp each

3 x .30 cal Machine guns
2 x .50 cal Machine guns
4000lbs Bomb capacity
 Basic Information
Type: Plane
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Middle of the forrest
Tofino, British Columbia
Owner: Government of Canada
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • mud... lot and lots of mud.
  •  Interesting Features
    It's a WWII RCAF airplane wreck!!!!!

    After 72 years, anything of value has been long been stripped by thieves, souvenir hunters and vandals. Still it is worth the hike to check it out.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1943
    Closed: 1945
     Required Equipment
  • water
  •  Recommended Equipment
    rubber boots or change of clothing
    The Consolidated PBY Catalina, also known as the Canso in Canada (named after a town in Nova Scotia). It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind and the last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. In 2014, nearly 80 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations all over the world.

    Seconds after lifting off and before they had single-engine flying speed or adequate altitude, the port engine lost power.

    It had a crew of 12 on board, as well as 3,400 litres of fuel and four 100-kilogram depth charges intended for enemy submarines. All on board survived the crash. Near by you will find a small crater filled with water. This is where the air force later detonated the 4 bombs the plane was carrying.
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     Future Plans
    Years ago, the Langley flight museum was interested in recovering the plane to display it but due to the cost and logistic of the recovery plans were abandoned.

    Park Canada, does not advertise the place crash due to the remote area and several people getting lost and requiring rescue every year. although it has now marked the trail in hope to reduce the number of lost hikers. Perhaps if they ever get funding, they will make a proper trail leading to the wreck.

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    September 2017
    Sat, Sep 9th, 2017
    posted by -Rio-
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    Breaking quarantine
    Wed, Apr 8th, 2020
    posted by Boffo
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